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USS Constitution “Old Ironsides” Leaves Drydock

After a two year drydocking for restoration work, USS Constitution “Old Ironsides” has returned to the waters of Boston harbor. The frigate is the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat. Launched for the first time in 1797, she earned her … Continue reading

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USS Constitution Shifts to Drydock

Last night, the USS Constitution was shifted to Dry Dock #1 at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. The ship, the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, will be undergoing a three year refurbishment. USS Constitution, nicknamed “Old Ironsides,” entered service in the U.S. Navy on … Continue reading

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USS Constitution to Get Underway to Commemorate the D-Day & Midway

The USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned naval warship afloat. The wooden three masted “super-frigate” in launched in 1797, is due for a three year overhaul and dry-docking starting in early 2015.  Before the historic ship enters the shipyard, she will leave the … Continue reading

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USS Constitution Launched October 21, 1797

October 21st is a busy day in nautical history. In addition to being the anniversary of the Battle of Trafagar of 1805, it was also the day that the the USS Constitution was launched in 1797.  A three-masted US Navy heavy frigate, … Continue reading

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On Guerriere Day, USS Constitution Sails Again, Briefly

On August 19, 1812, the 44-gun USS Constitution met the 38 gun HMS Guerriere in single ship combat off the coast of Nova Scotia.  During the battle the Constitution earned her nickname “Old Ironsides” when the British 18 pound shot was seen to bounce off … Continue reading

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“Old Ironsides” – 1950’s Newsreel about USS Constitution

We recently posted about OpSail 2012 and Boston’s weeklong celebration of  the USS Constitution and the bicentennial of the War of 1812.  The USS Constitution, nicknamed “Old Ironsides” after British round shot bounced off her oak planks, is the world’s … Continue reading

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OpSail Boston 2012 – June 30th to July 5th : Celebrating the USS Constitution and the War of 1812 Bicentennial

Beginning this Saturday, Boston Harbor will once again be filled with tall masts and square sails.  OpSail Boston 2012 is celebrating the USS Constitution and the bicentennial of the War of 1812.  The USS Constitution, nicknamed “Old Ironsides” after British round shot bounced off her oak planks, … Continue reading

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Happy Trafalgar Day and the Anniversary of the Launching of “Old Ironsides”

Thanks to Maritime Great Britain for reminding us that today is indeed Trafalgar Day, commemorating Nelson’s victory over the French and Spanish fleets and his tragic death at the Battle of Trafalgar on this day in 1805. They also reminded us that on this day in … Continue reading

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Post Irene Wrap-up: How the Ships & Boats Coped with the Storm

Hurricane Irene has swept past, not as bad as she could have been, but bad enough, nevertheless.  Downgraded to a tropical storm by 9AM this morning, she still caused significant flooding on the East coast, hitting  Philadelphia  particularly hard. The city, situated between the Delaware … Continue reading

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“The Most Beautiful Ship” – Tall Ships and Bragging Rights

Bragging rights are kind of fun.  Whether they mean anything or not is often an open question. How one strings together the adjective phrases can make all the difference. For example, HMS Victory is said to be “the oldest commissioned … Continue reading

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The Warship, the Watermill and a Ship’s Plans Delayed

Last Sunday, we posted about the authorization for the  construction of the first six frigates for the US Navy in 1794.   The folks at Maritime Great Britain were kind enough to pass along two related stories.

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A Redcoat Storms Aboard Old Ironsides!

The Boston Globe has documented the boarding of the USS Constitution by a Redcoat!  During her long years of active duty, the USS Constitution, known as Old Ironsides, was never successfully boarded by enemy marines.  Yet, here we see the … Continue reading

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